Author Archives: Tim McComsey
Low calorie! All natural! Fat free! Sugar free! High protein! If the delicious foods that shout these headlines at us as we push our carts down the grocery aisle are so readily available to those of us who are conscious of both our health and our waistlines, then why is it so darn hard to stay healthy and trim?
As a Registered Dietician I get a lot of questions from friends about what they should be eating, and I’ve heard some pretty crazy things. One friend recently told me that in an effort to lose weight he’s been eating fruits and vegetables exclusively for several weeks. Macronutrients are a vital part of a healthy diet; they alone will not sustain your body. While every body is different in its needs; however, a major component to all balanced diets is protein.
Do work, family or other circumstances have you feeling stressed? Does it bring inconsistency to your mood and energy levels? The root of the issue begins with stress hormones which can sabotage your health efforts when you’re stressed.
Kale is one hot menu item these days. Everyone from A-list celebrities to athletes and politicians are raving about the health benefits of this dark, leafy, “king of the greens.”
Weight loss is a hot topic this time of year as people are donning their swimsuits and shedding layers to beat the heat by the pool and at the beach. Why is ‘weight loss’ the important topic of conversation rather than body composition? My personal training clients rarely see dramatic weight loss up front because the focus of my training and nutrition is to build lean muscle mass and create a healthy lifestyle.
Maybe it’s time to reach your fitness goals once and for all, or perhaps you’re just trying to maintain a healthy body. If your wellness goals include losing weight, building lean muscle mass is the best way to keep a strong and healthy body that will be prepared for any and all of life’s challenges.
Low carb dieting is often a hot topic among those who work hard to stay fit and make every effort possible to burn away stubborn fat stores. Not for me! Carbohydrates are not the enemy.
Because of the way it is metabolized, MCT oil gives you quick energy like carbohydrates without the sugar content of certain snacks and candy that can ultimately affect insulin levels. MCT oil as part of your balanced meal also contributes to the feeling of satiety that may discourage you from snacking between meals.
Wherever you are in your fitness journey, it is important to implement speed and agility exercises into your regular routine. ‘Functional Training’ involves improving upon these characteristics to prevent injury by strengthening your core, improving stability and increasing your reaction time.
Amino acids are the ‘building blocks of life,’ meaning that we cannot live – let alone thrive – without them, as they are necessary for overall health and wellness.* Certain ‘Essential’ amino acids are only available in our diets through the foods we consume, and other ‘Non-Essential’ amino acids are available in food as well as are produced by the body as they are needed.